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The key to ECG interpretation is pattern recognition, and pattern recognition is developed the same way as any skill—through repetition.
ECG Success illustrates the key features of dozens of arrhythmias and presents multiple practice strips to allow the student to learn the subtle findings that help distinguish one from another.
Organized by the seven categories of arrhythmias, ECG Success reviews the basics of ECGs (anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, etc.), and provides a diverse group of strips for practice and testing pattern recognition. In addition, the book includes four practice tests, each with 75 randomized ECG strips, and a unit with more than ten case studies with multiple-choice questions and more ECG strips.
ECG Success covers all the information needed—anatomy and physiology, practice, case scenarios, and relevant emergency care—to help the reader feel competent and in control, whether faced with a nonthreatening ECG or an emergency situation.
Posted July 8, 2007
This book saved me during my ECG exams. The author says it best in her preface to the book: No one is born knowing how to read ECG strips. We learn to do many things in a lifetime, and nearly all of them get better with practice. If you¿re planning to use this book, ECG isn¿t completely new to you¿¿you have a good idea of what¿s involved in generating and interpreting a tracing. ECG Success covers all the information you will need¿¿anatomy and physiology, practice, and case scenarios, and relevant emergency care¿¿to help you feel competent and in control, whether the situation involves an emergency or just a nonthreatening ECG. This book has staying power. You will find its content useful across a spectrum of situations, from classroom study through clinical experience and later in actual practice. Pattern recognition lies at the heart of ECG interpretation. This skill develops with experience, gained through repetition and variety. You need to see the same patterns over and over again, but you also need to see as great a diversity as possible. In ECG Success you¿ll find more than 550 ECG tracings. The book is organized into four units. First, two introductory chapters review the background information you need for working with ECG. Chapter One discusses heart anatomy and physiology, including biomechanics and electrophysiology. Chapter Two gives you the basics of ECG: limb and chest leads, electrode placement, cable connections, components of a tracing, rhythm strip analysis, and more. In Unit II, seven chapters explain and illustrate the different types of rhythm, some dangerous, others merely troublesome, and a few even normal. Each of these chapters gives you a group of nine practice strips to analyze, with the answers given at the end of the chapter. All types of arrhythmias are discussed and illustrated: sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular atrioventricular and bundle branch blocks artifact and artificial pacemaker rhythm. The section ends with a chapter on myocardial infarction and the 12-lead ECG. The chapter practice strips will warm you up for Unit III, the working core of the book. You¿ll find four test chapters with a total of 300 strips and the answers given at the end of each chapter so you can check your work. In case you¿re hungry for more, the two chapters in Unit IV comprise eleven real-life case studies, followed by multiple-choice questions and illustrated by more ECG strips. Four appendices round out the book: Healthcare Provider Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Protocols, Emergency Medications, and Emergency Medical Skills. As you page through this book you¿ll find some special features to guide you. In Units I and II, frequent Clinical Tips provide valuable information on how an arrhythmia can affect the patient. Hints on rhythm interpretation appear throughout the first practice strip chapter. I couldn¿t have written this book without building up a track record of my own ECG successes. The secret: I had a good instructor who was patient and explained everything in detail. She kept emphasizing that we had to follow every step when analyzing a rhythm shortcuts are dangerous because you can miss critical details on the rhythm strip. Then we had to practice, practice, practice. That repetition, combined with careful attention to every step, was the real key to my success. Take your time now, and use ECG Success to improve your skills. Once you run into a genuine emergency you will have only minutes, or less, to interpret the ECG correctly and ensure the right treatment for the patient.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2010
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